Oppo Find N impressions: A smaller phone joins the fold

Oppo Find N open front screen

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After years of development and advancements, Oppo has just launched its first commercial folding smartphone: The Oppo Find NA Unlike rival folding products, Oppo has opted for a much more compact closed size of less than 6 inches, but has finally managed to the perfect flexible form factor?

You should refer to this article for all the specs and other ins and outs, check out our announcements article. Here, I want to talk about my first impressions of the new Oppo foldable after spending a few hours with it. As a side note, this is also my first hands-on experience with any foldable smartphone. I’d like to think of myself as free from the teething pains of early prototypes and I have high hopes that this phone feels like a finished product. Let’s jump right.

Oppo Find N: from prototype to prime time

Oppo has introduced six generations of folding smartphones in the last four years, but this is the first to exceed prototype status. The company claims that it did not feel that these products were ready for the mass market, as the timing and technology were not right. Well, that extra time has clearly been well spent – the Find N is impeccably designed and feels like a phone built for everyday use.

There is a metal frame around the screen and the camera housing, accompanied by a soft anti-fingerprint backing. It’s incredibly stylish for a smartphone, let alone a foldable. This is definitely not a prototype, at least aesthetically. My only complaint about the design is that the internal bezels are a bit thick and cheaper than the outside of the phone.

The Oppo Find N is incredibly stylish for a smartphone, let alone a foldable.

Importantly, for a folding, the hinge feels sturdy. Oppo submitted its hinge for evaluation with TÜV, which says it is built to last at least 200,000 folds. That’s enough to open and close the screen more than 100 times a day, every day for the next five years. There is a wide metal spine that is the correct width to avoid adding a gap between the screens when they are closed. Everything is fine and flush with no obvious gaps for dirt and dust to enter the side of the screen. Although there is a small gap between the spine and the panels to allow movement. However, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 3, there is no official water resistance offered, although Oppo has suggested that it will survive splashes of water.

The front and back panels of the phone wrap around this center column with a satisfying click when fully open. There is a slight spring action when the screen is almost fully open, which is a bit annoying if you don’t want the phone to be fully open. Although the screen will hold its position firmly between 50-120 degrees. However, I do not recommend using the phone folded, as the screen takes on a noticeable tint that affects visibility.

See also: How much does it cost to replace the screen on a folding phone?

Now on that screen. The 7.1-inch 120Hz LPTO interior panel looks fantastic. There is a lot of space on the screen to run two applications side by side or when using the floating window. You can see that the screen is slightly wrinkled in two places instead of one due to the design of the hinges. While there is no obvious crease at the moment, it will be interesting to see how this design holds up for many weeks and months of continuous use.

The 5.48-inch 60Hz outer display is definitely not as fancy as the inner panel, but it’s perfectly useful and a lot more traditional than, say, the awkwardly tall and slim front display on the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The Find N feels as good in the hand as any of the premium smartphones I’ve used this year.

In fact, at first I was not convinced of the small size of the phone. Having gotten used to the 6.5-inch panels, it’s not a screen that I personally want to spend a lot of time browsing the web on. But that’s what the interior panel is for. The Oppo Find N’s compact front display is perfect for checking email and messaging – exactly the kind of thing you’ll need the phone to do when you quickly pull it out of your pocket.

Overall, I’m impressed with the build quality and design of the Oppo Find N. It’s just as good in the hand as the many, many other premium smartphones I’ve used this year.

Software for a new form factor

Oppo Find N dual window mode

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I’m still experimenting with the Find N software, but I’m not very convinced that Oppo nailed this part of the formula as well. It doesn’t help that some features and apps have not been translated from Chinese, although this is the phone launch market so we’ll skip it for now.

The Oppo Find N runs a standard version of Color OS 11 (based on Android 11) with some specific folding settings. The most useful is the dual window, which splits the screen in half to use two apps side by side with a simple two-finger swipe across the center of the screen. This works great, and while there is a slight lag when entering this mode, the performance feels solid. App support is mostly very good, although some of Oppo’s own apps, like the camera and phone app, don’t work with this feature. You also can’t place the windows on top of each other when rotating the screen, which would be a nice feature for watching videos and doing something else at the same time.

Oppo Find N in handheld floating window app

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The floating window is another handy way to multitask if you still want to use the larger screen to its full potential. You can quickly pinch an app to a smaller size with four or five fingers. Unfortunately, once again, not all applications work in this mode, which limits its usefulness and makes me less inclined to experiment with it. You also can’t enter the dual window when a floating window is present, which is somewhat annoying, and you can only store one app to use as a floating window at a time. So it’s not as powerful a setting as Samsung’s Edge Panel.

One particularly cool feature is the option to display a camera preview on the front display, allowing your friends and family to enter the frame and pose as they wish. Some of Oppo’s apps, like contacts and messages, also take advantage of the larger screen size by placing the options side by side to make better use of space. Unfortunately, features like notifications are not organized in the same way. As such, the overall experience still feels like a traditional smartphone with built-in big-screen features, rather than a completely seamless experience.

The form factor looks like it would really benefit from Android12L.

We asked Oppo about the possibility of Android 12L coming to Find N but since the software is not commercially available yet, Oppo is not sure if it will support Google’s big screen OS implementation. This is unfortunate, as the phone would definitely benefit from some of the smoother big-screen features heading our way with L. What we do know is that the phone will receive an update to Android 12 in the not-too-distant future.

Oppo Find N: First Impressions

Oppo Find N with box and brand

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I’ve only spent time with the Oppo Find N, but I can definitely see the potential of the phone. Oppo seems to have solved most of the hardware problems we’ve come to associate with early folding, like screen creases and questionable hinges. However, after my first outing, albeit short, with a foldable, I’m still not convinced that the form factor offers a large enough departure from traditional smartphones to justify the heavy investment and lingering issues for the time being. . At least not until the software comes out to optimize the app experience.

Oppo has sold me on foldable hardware, but I’m still not 100% into the software experience.

Of course, there is also the question of availability. The phone will launch exclusively in China and while Oppo has its eye on a possible European launch, it has not given firm commitments or a timeframe for whether or when this could happen. And at 7,699 yuan (~ $ 1,210) all the way up to 8,999 yuan (~ $ 1,414), I’m still not convinced of the Find N value proposition. Especially now that Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 costs $ 999, putting the foldables firmly in place. the flagship territory of the mainstream. .

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